Endangered Languages and Lost Knowledge

Today I came across a fascinating video entitled Endangered Languages and Lost Knowledge in which Daniel Everett talks about the Pirahã language, among others things.

The video is also available here.

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6 Responses to Endangered Languages and Lost Knowledge

  1. Lau says:

    Am I the only one who can’t see this video? Nothing happens when I press the play button. I’ve seen it before, so it’s not a big problem, I’m just annoyed that it doesn’t work.

  2. Corcaighist says:

    It works for me. I’ve also seen it before. It’s a great talk. I’ve also read his book “Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes” which I thoroughly recommend. K. David Harrison is also a man to check out on this issue.

  3. Imbecilica says:

    I’ve watched this video before. It’s fascinating indeed!

  4. Brian Barker says:

    With regard to the campaign to save endangered and dying languages, can I point to the contribution, made by the World Esperanto Association, to UNESCO’s campaign.

    The commitment was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations’ Geneva HQ in September.
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eR7vD9kChBA&feature=related

    Your readers may be interested in http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva.

    A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

  5. I agree with Corcaighist: great video, great book. But Chomsky’s linguistics don’t come out of it too well. But then I never was a cartesian at heart.

  6. Cossette says:

    I’m in a bit of a shock at the moment, because I have emailed Laura Welcher before. I didn’t expect to see her in a video where she represented the Rosetta Stone Project. Great video, and I must see the rest of this talk.